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Pregnancy

First-time mom-to-be? We know that pregnancy can be an exciting (and sometimes overwhelming!) new experience. There’s a lot you’re eager to learn. And we’re here to help with everything from nutritional information to support as you and your baby embark on many new first-time adventures together.


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Pregnancy nutrition

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet has benefits for both you and the baby growing in your belly. Your first big job as a mom is making good nutrition decisions - for both of you. Some nutrients are absolutely critical for the healthy growth and development of your baby. When it comes to knowing what foods to eat during pregnancy, follow Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide each day to make sure you and your baby eat smart, paying particular attention to the following key nutrients:

Your Health and Wellness

To estimate your baby’s date of conception and due date, enter the first day of your last menstrual period.

Staying Active

Most expectant moms are interested in being physically active during pregnancy because they know exercise is a great way to stay healthy and happy. This collection of exercises is designed to help you stay in shape while helping to prepare your body for giving birth. Watch the videos to see the exercises in action.

Getting Ready for Baby

You might think it’s too early to start planning for the big day, but it’s never too early to starting thinking about what kind of birthing experience will be the ideal one for you. Or, you may have been planning for a baby and knew who would care for you during pregnancy even before you conceived. In either case, your pregnancy and birth team will probably include medical professionals, childbirth experts and supportive loved ones.

Facts, Myths & Tips

It seems like the minute people find out you're expecting there's someone offering you a "little-known" fact or weird tale about motherhood. But what's true and what's not? We'll take some of the common pregnancy and motherhood myths — debunk them — and laugh at the ones that couldn't possibly be true.

Getting Ready for Baby

Labour can be unpredictable – but it’s still important to think about and plan for your ideal birth. Every woman who’s had a baby will tell you, you can’t really plan for your baby’s birth because your schedule isn’t necessarily the same as your baby’s – your little one will arrive when she’s ready to. Putting your requests and wishes in writing will help you feel more in control, and can help your birthing team, nurses and doctor make decisions best suited for you – and your baby."

Getting your family ready

With some key early planning, most dogs and cats adapt easily to life with a new baby. From the moment you carry your new baby through the door, a lot is going to change for everyone in your household, including the four-legged members. Just like an older sibling, your pet's reaction to the new arrival can be unpredictable. Some animals may be curious or accepting, while others may be jealous and protective.

Staying Active

For most pregnant women, exercise has many physical, mental and emotional benefits. During the first, second and third trimester exercise helps to keep your energy level up, control your weight gain, and build up the stamina you'll need for childbirth. It's important to choose a type of exercise that you enjoy, and that your doctor deems safe during pregnancy. Not all forms of exercise are appropriate during pregnancy so talk with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine during pregnancy.

Getting Ready for Baby

There are so many things to do before bringing baby home from the hospital. One thing is for certain, if you have a car, you’ll need a properly-installed rear-facing infant car seat to bring your baby home safely.

Getting your family ready

Even children initially excited about having a baby brother or sister may ask you to take baby back to the hospital after a few days. You may notice your older child demanding all of your attention, wanting to be held or carried constantly. As your older child realizes the family dynamics are changing it’s natural for him to become jealous. Below are some suggestions on how you can help your older child adjust to their new sibling.

Staying Active

Pregnancy is a time for healthy lifestyle changes. Just like a healthy diet, regular exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, which is even more important now because soon you’ll have a little person to think about. But before running out the door, it is important to check with your doctor about exercising during pregnancy. Getting the green light from your healthcare provider is important before beginning any exercise program but this is especially true during pregnancy. While in many cases exercise during pregnancy will provide you with countless benefits, there are cases where exercise is not recommended to pregnant women.

Pregnancy nutrition

Now that you're pregnant there are a few extra things you need to think about when it comes to your diet and health. Not only is it important to eat a balanced diet, but you should also be aware of which foods to avoid or handle with extra care during pregnancy. That's because some foods can carry food-borne illnesses, which could put you and your baby at risk.

Your Health and Wellness

In the midst of all the joyous feelings about your pregnancy, you also may be feeling a bit queasy. Nausea or vomiting during your pregnancy is considered often called morning sickness. And unfortunately, it isn't confined to the morning - it can happen at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness affects about 80% of all pregnant women. Some women experience an occasional episode, others are sick several times a day for months on end and some never have morning sickness at all. Usually, the problem goes away after the third month.

Getting Ready for Baby

What to expect at your healthcare provider’s office in the third trimester

In your third trimester, your visits to the doctor or midwife will increase from once a month to once every other week. Then once you hit your thirty-sixth week, you will likely go every week. Frequency of prenatal visits can vary according to your particular situation.

Pregnancy nutrition

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Health Canada recommends that all women who could become pregnant, as well as those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, take a multivitamin containing at least 0.4 mg of folic acid every day. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we have added MATERNA prenatal/postpartum multivitamins to our infant nutrition family! With just one capsule a day, MATERNA helps provide nutritional support for you and baby as you journey through pregnancy to motherhood.

Your Health and Wellness

You’re expecting, and from the moment you found out, your life has been forever changed in the most amazing way. So even though you’re not showing and it’s a little too early for childbirth classes, you still have so much to think about and consider. After all, there’s a little person taking shape inside you — and it’s one of the most incredible things you will ever experience. So be sure to use this pregnancy checklist to help you know what’s important for you and your baby at the beginning of your pregnancy.

Getting Ready for Baby

Packing for the hospital is not quite as simple as packing for a weekend trip since you leave home pregnant, and return with an extra bundle of joy. Your baby will need some amenities and don’t forget your labour coach either. Here's what to pack for the hospital when having a baby.

Pregnancy nutrition

Common sense tells us that what you eat during pregnancy is important. It influences both your health and the health of your developing baby. Important nutrients like protein, folic acid, and water that your baby needs must come from you.

Your Health and Wellness

This tool highlights your baby’s pre-birth milestones and the important nutrients needed to optimize the health of you and your baby during pregnancy.

Getting Ready for Baby

Meeting your newborn baby for the first time is one-of-a-kind experience. You may be surprised by her interest in studying your face. Your baby has spent the last 9 months getting comfortable with your voice and smell but after delivery will be the first time she’ll lay eyes on you.

Pregnancy nutrition

Expecting a child gives new meaning to eating a well-balanced diet. Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy will help your baby to get a healthy start and it’s also the perfect excuse for you to make some healthy lifestyle changes. The key to good nutrition is variety. Use Canada’s Food Guide every day to help you choose a variety of foods from each food group. It’s easy to make healthy choices for you and the baby growing inside of you!

Your Health and Wellness

In most cases, if you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, you should be able to continue working during pregnancy up until the time of your delivery. Talk to your doctor or midwife if your work is hard on your body and they may recommend changes to your work as you progress through your pregnancy. Whether you have a desk job or you're on your feet all day, there are a few easy things you can do to make working during pregnancy more comfortable.

Getting Ready for Baby

So the big event is over, but the adventure's just begun! The first 6 weeks after birth, often called the postpartum period, is a time when you’ll be recovering from birth and going through major lifestyle changes. You'll find that soon after giving birth, you will begin to adjust to your new exciting role as primary nurturer. There are two sides to recovering after birth: emotional and physical.

Pregnancy nutrition

Many women experience digestive tract problems during pregnancy. These range from constipation to hemorrhoids. These problems can be easily minimized or eliminated by having enough fibre during pregnancy. A well-planned diet including a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, peas, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds will help you reach the recommended daily fibre intake of 28 grams. For most digestive problems, there's a simple explanation and a way fibre can help to alleviate it.

Your Health and Wellness

Have a bad case of "the yawns"? Can't keep your eyes open? There's a good reason for your fatigue; you're building a whole other body! Experiencing a lack of sleep during pregnancy is a common concern. Your body is producing more blood, causing your heart to work overtime. You may find that nausea is also draining your energy and using up vital nutrients. If you are still early in your pregnancy take heart. In your second trimester, you'll probably feel more wide awake. By your third trimester you may find that sleeping through the night becomes more difficult. As your baby continues to grow you’ll probably be waking up to go to the bathroom more.

Your Health and Wellness

Being pregnant is an exciting experience, not only are you anticipating the day you finally hold your baby in your arms, but your body is also going through amazing changes.
Unfortunately, physical & hormonal changes during pregnancy may mean that you will feel under the weather at times. Here are some of the discomforts you might experience and some tips on how to cope with them.

Your Health and Wellness

Find your style! 

Maternity clothing has come a long way. These days you can continue to embrace your inner sense of style throughout your pregnancy with many fashionable options to choose from. Shops that specialize in maternity wear tend to offer items that are just reshaped versions of ones you already have in your closet. Here are some guidelines to help you put together a wardrobe for the coming months.

Your Health and Wellness

Whether you're up for it or feeling too tired or sick, there's no escaping the fact that sex during pregnancy is a whole new experience. Some women report that it's the best they've ever had, while others are less than enthusiastic. Of course, both responses are completely normal. Let's find out why.

If you're the woman who is experiencing sex like never before your pregnant body holds the clue. This heightened pleasure and libido can probably be attributed to the increased blood flow to the pelvic area, including the uterus, vagina, and clitoris, where more sensitive nerve endings live. If you find yourself on the other end of the spectrum, where sex isn't even on the radar now that you're pregnant, you're not alone. The same engorgement that can push some women over the edge of pleasure can give others an uncomfortable feeling of fullness or even abdominal cramping during or after sex. You may be just too darn tired or nauseated to make love or even care. This really rings true in the first trimester when early discomforts like breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting and fatigue can lessen your sex drive.

Your Health and Wellness

Doctor visits during pregnancy are important to ensure that your baby’s growth and development is progressing well. Throughout your second trimester, you'll be visiting your doctor about once a month provided everything is progressing normally. Your doctor will take your blood pressure and monitor other health indicators at each visit. Keep reading and learn more about what to expect during your second trimester.

Your Health and Wellness

Every pregnancy is unique, and so is every woman, but one thing is for certain: weighing in on pregnancy is very difficult for many mothers-in-waiting. After all, many of us struggle with weight control. We watch what we eat and exercise regularly to stay fit and healthy. And then along comes pregnancy, where the weight gain you fought so hard to avoid before now becomes paramount to the health of your growing baby.

 
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